Category Archives: Philadelphia restaurants

El Rey in Philadelphia: 2014 Update

I published my initial thoughts on El Rey, Stephen Starr‘s Rittenhouse Square-area Mexican restaurant, back in November of 2010. Since then I have continued to visit El Rey regularly for lunch while in the city, and it remains pretty much one of my favorite spots in the area for a tasty and reasonably priced midday meal.

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Iron Hill Brewery in Media, PA

Last Sunday the sweetie and I spent the afternoon hiking the gorgeous nature trails at Tyler Arboretum. It was a great way to end the Fourth of July weekend in relative peace and quiet, away from the hordes down at the Jersey Shore.

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A fabulous evening at Sbraga in Philadelphia

Recently a few friends were visiting from San Francisco and I wanted to take them out to a Philly restaurant that would really make for a memorable experience. Unfortunately they were only available on a Friday night—which can make it difficult to find a table at one of the city’s top hot spots without securing reservations months in advance. But on recommendation from folks at ChowHound, I ended up deciding on trying out Sbraga, the namesake restaurant of Top Chef Season 7-winning Kevin Sbraga.

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Vietnam Palace in Philadelphia: A long overdue revisit

When I lived in Philadelphia, one of my favorite haunts in the Chinatown area was always Vietnam Palace. I had many great dinners with friends there; we loved the reasonable prices, the vegetarian-friendly options, and the fact that we never were rushed and could feast over several hours while enjoying good company and conversation. My sweetie and I also had our first date there, over 8 years ago, as it turned out we both were fans of the restaurant. So, it certainly has a lot of great personal connections and memories to me.

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Quick follow-up on Kidari Sushi Yatai

A couple weeks ago I posted my first impressions of Kidari Sushi Yatai on South Street in Philadelphia. I had the chance to go back again this week and enjoyed another really lovely meal there – it’s very quickly turning into my favorite lunch spot in the city.

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